After being bypassed by the Grammys last year, finally Joey + Rory Feek have been rewarded this year. Their last album Hymns that Are Important tto Us won the Roots Gospel Album this year at the 2017 Grammy Awards. This category comes nearly one year after his wife's death.
In his speech, Rory Feek was emotioally shaken as he says: "My wife's dream was to make a hymns album, and she didn't have a chance to do it until she was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer," Rory Feek said to begin his speech. His father-in-law stood behind him, overcome with emotion. Feek recalled watching the Grammys one year ago. Joey + Rory were nominated in the Best Country Duo / Group Performance category at the time but would not end up winning. He says she told him then that if the gospel album was nominated he'd have to go.
"And she said ... 'If we win I'll know before you will,'" Feek recalled. The crowd in attendance at the 2017 Grammy Premiere ceremony chuckled.
Joey Martin Feek was sick during the recording of Hymns, and on stage a composed Rory Feek recalled her singing her parts in hotel rooms between rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. She would eventually give up treatment and died of the disease on March 4, 2016.